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Probiotics causing gas/flatulence?

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Created June 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Hello,

so I've noticed for the past week or so that I've been having some gas, gurgling in the gut and flatulence. Generally this was happening at night, but it just happened now in the afternoon. I'm wondering if probiotics can cause this?

Background--I've had constipation issues all my life. And I finished a round of antibiotics a week ago (skin infection). So, I'm taking probiotics to try to help with that, but maybe they're not helping?

In the morning, I took 1 probiotic pill, along with 1,000mg VitC and Glucosamine/Chondroitin (the latter 2 I've been taking for years). For breakfast, I had 1 hardboiled egg, some black coffee (this is normal never had any trouble). A bit later, a carrot and Justin's Almond butter with honey. Couple hours later, I went for a 10k run. After running, I took another probiotic, another 1,000mg VitC, another Gluco/Chondr and 1 Gymnema (spelling?). Drank about 250ml of sparkling water and ate 4 or 5 slices of sandwich ham.

30 minutes later, lots of "rumbly in the tummy", gas, bloating and flatulence.

What would you suspect?

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2391 · October 23, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Read the Amazon product reviews. As of this writing, 13 of 84 reviewers with high gluten sensitivity/celiac disease have noted bad reactions to the product.

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7275 · December 18, 2011 at 10:36 PM

I just want to point out that neither the Garden of Life product nor the Original Medicine product are strictly gluten free. Both are made with barley grass, which doesn't itself contain gluten, but typically is contaminated with gluten. So if someone is super sensitive to gluten, these products are unfortunately best avoided.

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8757 · June 29, 2011 at 6:47 PM

great, so glad its calming down! I was miserable for about 2 wks then cut them down and it really really helped. Hope it keeps getting better!!

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60 · June 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Pocket groket, second part of your question. I say yes to other fermented products but because the two products have bugs that were supposedly in the ground in the caveman days , you can't get them from the fermented foods. In other words, the paleo diet is meant to be the diet we are genetically programmed to eat. They must of had fermented foods cause they didn't have refrigerators therefore those bugs were in their guts too. They didn't have sinks to wash their fruits and veggies so the soil bugs were in their gut as well. Hope this helps! Judith

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60 · June 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM

There are two that I like. 1) Garden of Life has a product called Primal Defense and 2). Original Medicine has a product with a catchy name, Multi-probiotic. Original Medicine is a line of great products that is sold to doctors, however I am told they can be purchased on line. Quite frankly the two companies GoL and OM are owned by the same folks, and these two products have the same line up of bugs, one doesn't need to be kept cold and that makes it great for traveling.

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1724 · June 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Kelly, I followed your suggestion and have taken the probiotics separately from everything else. That definitely made a difference. There's still some action going on there -- sounds like that's par for the course from other people's answers, but it's more tolerable now.

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1811 · June 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Thanks, Judith. Which probiotics do you recommend? And what role, if any, do you feel probiotic foods (sauerkraut, yogurt,etc) should play?

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5531 · June 28, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Judith is spot on from what's happened with me and others. I'm one of the world war type...

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1724 · June 28, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Hmm, so this is good? I've never really had such, uhm, foul smelling stuff before, so there must be a real war going on in there. Okay, so I'll just keep on and see what's happening after another week or so.

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1724 · June 28, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Yea, I could cut back to one pill/day rather than 2. I've heard so many different things about when to take probiotics. The last thing I read was "half and hour before eating" so I've tried to do that, though I don't always wait 30 minutes. But I'll try taking just one pill and on its own and see if that helps. Thanks.

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16131 · June 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM

+1 for a Torso Chick talking about gas. Keepin' it real!

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60 · June 28, 2011 at 2:40 PM

So, if you took an antibiotic it likely killed most or all of the bugs in your gut. Now you have started to replace the bugs and the rumbling in your gut is the bugs having a turf war. The are actually fighting each other and when they die they putrefy and give off gas and smell. This will only last one to three weeks. I tell my patients to ride the wave and it will end and you will have a healthy gut.

We used to tell our patients to only take a multi-probiotic after an anti-biotic BUT now we tell them to take them all the time. Our food supply, unless you have supported the soil yourself and allow the fruit and veggies to vine ripen yourself, you are not getting what you need.

When first taking a multi-proboitic (and acidophilus is only one of the many bugs you need) one of two things will happen. You will having gas, bloating and likely foul smelling gas. or nothing will happen and you will go on about your business as usual.

The first case you already had bugs in your gut but not the proper balance and the little guys have a turf war and fight each other, die and putrefy. Eventually the good guys win and the balance is restored.

The second case you had NO bugs in your gut at all and they set up their little colonies and live happily ever after in their own little ecosystem.

There are products out there that have reproduced the bugs that were in the soil back in the cave-man days and those are the multi-probiotics I recommend to all my patients.

NORMAL GUT HEALTH consists of daily or multiple times a day bowel movements. You should have gas, but healthy guts don't have foul smelling gas. You should sit on the stool and evacuate in a few minutes without pushing or struggling. If you don't have this you can if you take the proper multi-probiotic and I have seen some folks with really sick guts have healthy guts in one to six months depending on the severity.

All the best, Judith E. Allan, DC, PC Oregon Natural Health Clinic OregonNaturalHealthClinic.com

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1811 · June 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Thanks, Judith. Which probiotics do you recommend? And what role, if any, do you feel probiotic foods (sauerkraut, yogurt,etc) should play?

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1724 · June 28, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Hmm, so this is good? I've never really had such, uhm, foul smelling stuff before, so there must be a real war going on in there. Okay, so I'll just keep on and see what's happening after another week or so.

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5531 · June 28, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Judith is spot on from what's happened with me and others. I'm one of the world war type...

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60 · June 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Pocket groket, second part of your question. I say yes to other fermented products but because the two products have bugs that were supposedly in the ground in the caveman days , you can't get them from the fermented foods. In other words, the paleo diet is meant to be the diet we are genetically programmed to eat. They must of had fermented foods cause they didn't have refrigerators therefore those bugs were in their guts too. They didn't have sinks to wash their fruits and veggies so the soil bugs were in their gut as well. Hope this helps! Judith

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60 · June 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM

There are two that I like. 1) Garden of Life has a product called Primal Defense and 2). Original Medicine has a product with a catchy name, Multi-probiotic. Original Medicine is a line of great products that is sold to doctors, however I am told they can be purchased on line. Quite frankly the two companies GoL and OM are owned by the same folks, and these two products have the same line up of bugs, one doesn't need to be kept cold and that makes it great for traveling.

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7275 · December 18, 2011 at 10:36 PM

I just want to point out that neither the Garden of Life product nor the Original Medicine product are strictly gluten free. Both are made with barley grass, which doesn't itself contain gluten, but typically is contaminated with gluten. So if someone is super sensitive to gluten, these products are unfortunately best avoided.

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2391 · October 23, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Read the Amazon product reviews. As of this writing, 13 of 84 reviewers with high gluten sensitivity/celiac disease have noted bad reactions to the product.

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656 · August 13, 2012 at 2:18 AM

I am personally anti-biotic.

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68 · August 13, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Anyone have issue with foul-smelling gas and taking large doses of amino acids? I take about 10g of BCAAs daily along with other AAs during my intermittent fasting to prevent muscle catabolism during workouts. I notice the gas starting shortly after my second meal and during sleep until I am able to dump it all the next morning. I take a multi-strain probiotic product and mix my own fiber drink fist thing in the morning.

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2854 · June 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Do your probiotics contain *pre*biotics? Those always gives me the MAJOR stinks.

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729 · June 28, 2011 at 3:16 PM

It sounds like there's a lot of gut healing needing to happen. First the skin infection, then the antibiotic. I've had this happen after a couple weeks of using albuterol inhaler for some nasty bronchitis and my digestion went all out of whack, I'd get super gassy bloated and SUPER gassy. I upped the bone broth and got a good quality probiotic- Renew Life has some critical care, even a 7 day intensive for restoring balance after such events.

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8757 · June 28, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Happened to me as well, maybe its too strong for you?

Can you cut it back to about half and try that a few days and see if it calms down, if not, cut again until it doesn't bother you. Then gradually work your way back up again slowly and over time (increase it by a bit every 5+ days if no issues)

Maybe try separating it from any other supplements/vitamins as well, maybe they are reacting?

Perhaps take it with your meals, during or after is best they say.

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1724 · June 28, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Yea, I could cut back to one pill/day rather than 2. I've heard so many different things about when to take probiotics. The last thing I read was "half and hour before eating" so I've tried to do that, though I don't always wait 30 minutes. But I'll try taking just one pill and on its own and see if that helps. Thanks.

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1724 · June 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Kelly, I followed your suggestion and have taken the probiotics separately from everything else. That definitely made a difference. There's still some action going on there -- sounds like that's par for the course from other people's answers, but it's more tolerable now.

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8757 · June 29, 2011 at 6:47 PM

great, so glad its calming down! I was miserable for about 2 wks then cut them down and it really really helped. Hope it keeps getting better!!

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